Bacon is an occasional treat at home and something that my kids love. They associate it with leisurely summer weekends up at our cottage when my twin brother, Timothy, is visiting. Timothy loves bacon and we can buy excellent local bacon at the country store just up the road.
My kids are so crazy about bacon that sometimes I set the “bacon alarm clock” on school days…
I lay a few slices of bacon in a fry pan, turn on the heat and go wake them. I tell them that bacon is frying and if they’d like it for breakfast they need to get out of bed and look after the cooking of it.
Works like a charm.
This bacon recipe is a special treat. It’s candied with brown sugar and molasses and gets some spicy heat from Dijon mustard and black pepper. It’s baked in the oven as well so you don’t have a pan to mind.
Serve for breakfast with eggs or break into pieces and sprinkle over a salad or roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Crispy Candied Molasses Bacon
Adapted from Donuts, Dresses and Dirt
- 1 lb. thick-cut bacon*
- 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper or Cayenne pepper
*Double the molasses rub recipe if you’re using regular bacon.
- Preheat oven to 350 F, line a baking sheet with parchment or foil and lay a cooling rack on top.
- In a medium bowl, combine molasses, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Using your hands toss the bacon around in the molasses mixture, making sure it’s reasonably coated on both sides. (The mixture is thick so I found it easier to use my hands.)
- Lay the bacon on the rack and bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping half way through.
- Keep an eye on it. Depending on the thickness it may not take too long to be cooked to your liking.
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